Glenn Hoddle insists that recent setbacks do not make this a bad time to take on the challenge of the Derby against Arsenal.
The boss reasons that, as form is thought to count for little going into the Derby atmosphere, there is little in the way of preference as when the games come up.
"I think a big Derby game against Arsenal is always a massive game - whenever it comes up, what ever form you're in, whatever time of year!" stated Glenn.
"We all know that there is a lot of pride at stake. We've come off a draw and two losses, are having a bit of a blip and have got to turn it around. There is no better way to turn it around than winning against Arsenal.
"They are not in the greatest of shape, having won only one game in the last six or seven. Form goes out of the window to a certain degree when you play this game."